John C. Munshower, DO, FACSG of Main Line Health Newtown Square, Primary Care and Thomas E. Lawrence, MD, system medical director of geriatric medicine and long term care, are two of the local health experts interviewed about their tips for staying healthy well into your fifties.
As we get older, we hear more about "growing old gracefully." But what does this phrase actually mean? Do we stop fighting the greys and widening waistlines and just accept that it is all downhill from here? Or do we force back the hands of time as much as possible?
Maybe it simply means that we take care of ourselves and live as healthy a lifestyle as possible, but not beat ourselves up about the things that we cannot change. Making your health a priority will allow you to fully embrace all of the fun adventures this new decade may bring.
Some of our local health and fitness experts share their advice on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle in our 50s.
Schedule a routine well visit with your doctor
"Generally speaking, one of the most important things we forget to do as we get older is to go to the doctor when we are healthy, not just when we are sick," said John C. Munshower, DO, FACSG of Main Line Health Newtown Square Primary Care.
Munshower said that health maintenance becomes more and more important as we get older.
Don't be afraid to ask for help
"Many people in their 50's find themselves not only caring for children or grandchildren, but often taking on the additional responsibility of caring for elderly adults as well," explained Thomas E. Lawrence, MD, system medical director of geriatric medicine and long term care, Main Line Health.
When your to-do list keeps growing, it can be hard to find time for healthy sleep, eating and exercise patterns that are essential to your health maintenance.